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Naked VS Find Wine

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

So we have set ourselves a small challenge! Do we have better wine than the mighty Naked Wine?

We are having a head to head taste off with Naked on the evening of the 10th of  November at One Alfred Place in London.

Each company will produce 16 wines across two price categories and 8 styles. Each wine will then be judged head to head by a group of journalists, bloggers and customers to decide who has the finest range of wines online!

Get in touch with if you are interested in being included. Or tweet either @findwine or @nakedwines

Bring it on!

We Love Casa Marin!

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

About a year ago we got very excited when we got our hands on Cartagena Pinot Noir from Casa Marin in Chile. For me it was a revolution in New World Pinot Noir and what was even more fascinating was the tiny sub region of the San Antonio that has formed around this incredible vineyard called Lo Abarca.

As luck would have it I met Maria Luz Marin, the mastermind behind the wine the other day and she has very kindly provided us with little more information on Casa Marin and the Lo Abarca and some fantastic photos. This is what they say…

“Viña Casa Marín is a family owned estate vineyard and winery located in the town of Lo Abarca, in the San Antonio Valley, Chile’s newest wine region of discovery. Described as “the most radical vineyard site in the country” in a recent article by Wine & Spirits Magazine, our estate is surrounded by Chile’s coastal mountain range as we are situated only 4 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean. These steep hills, with a unique climatic exposure and a wide variety of soils, give birth to a terroir only recently discovered for the viticulture of ultra premium fine wines: Sauvignon Blanc; Sauvignon Gris; Riesling; Gewurztraminer; Pinot Noir and Syrah.

The Valley: The San Antonio Valley appellation is particularly influenced by marine climatic conditions, creating cooler temperatures which distinguish it from other appellations in Chile. This results in longer grape ripening periods, making it an ideal location for our wines to display unique characteristics

Wine Making Philosophy: Passion, resilience, endurance and entrepreneurship are all part of María Luz Marin’s personal and professional philosophy, which transcends into her winemaking. “We specialize in crafting wines that are different, unique and unrepeatable, maximizing to the fullest the potential from Lo Abarca, a truly specific terroir where icon ultra premium wines are born. These wines mature very well in the bottle and can be kept for years thanks to their appropriate structure and acidity for in-bottle evolution. As these wines can be opened immediately, in a short while or in a long while, they are right for collecting”.

You can buy their fabulous Sauvignon from us and also, for a short time, their sensational Pinot Noir.